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  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)
    Thanjavur (made)

  • Date:

    1986 (made)
    ca. 1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Lowndes, Gillian, born 1936 - died 2010 (maker)
    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Hand-built stoneware, painted with mottled yellow and white, with metal elements

  • Museum number:

    C.39-1987

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 142, The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Gallery, case 20

Gillian Lowndes' experimental collaged works often incorporate found objects, like the cup in this sculpture. The elements of this piece have been fired to the brink of destruction, and the result seems almost like an archaeological find, tenuously held together by the interwoven pieces of metal.

Physical description

Irregular stack of grey-white slabs with a yellow and white handbuilt form and part of a yellow cup (found object) on the top.
One of a volume of thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and procession scenes.
1. A Tamil Sonarta Brahmin; the man carrying a palm-leaf manuscript, the woman a waterpot.
2. A Tamil Iyengar Brahmin.
3. A couple, possibly fan-makers, each holding a fan.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)
Thanjavur (made)

Date

1986 (made)
ca. 1830 (made)

Artist/maker

Lowndes, Gillian, born 1936 - died 2010 (maker)
Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Hand-built stoneware, painted with mottled yellow and white, with metal elements

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in :
1. Tamil, ink
2. Tamil , ink
3. Modi , ink

Dimensions

Depth: 23.30 cm, Height: 18.00 cm, Height: 39.5 cm, Width: 58.5 cm

Object history note

Acquisition details: CC (solo exhibition, 1986)
From a volume containing thirty folios depicting castes, occupations, methods of cultivation and processions. Bought from Mr. G. Goolden who had it from his late cousin Richard Goolden. RP 87/672

Descriptive line

Cup on base by Gillian Lowndes; stoneware; British; ca.1986.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Watson, Oliver. British Studio Pottery : the Victoria and Albert Museum Collection, Oxford : Phaidon, Christie's, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1990
Company Paintings by Mildred Archer. V&A 1992, pps. 59-65

Materials

Stoneware

Techniques

Painting

Subjects depicted

Cup

Categories

Studio Ceramics; Access to Images; Images Online

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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